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We've all heard the expression "a picture is worth a thousand words". And photos really are a special way to help tell the story of our lives - who we are and what's important to us.

And, of course, some images speak to us more strongly than others. More often than not we love a photo not so much because it shows us how we look but because it captures a very human element that is hard to express in words an authentic connection with those we love or with ourselves and how we show up or want to be seen in the world.

Whether you're looking to capture someone's attention with a professional headshot or want to commemorate the beautiful connection with your partner or family, I can help.

My name is Adam Chandler, and as a professional photographer in Folly Beach, SC. I truly find joy and fulfillment in the work I do. I love the adventure of photography and I continually immerse myself in learning and exploring how to improve my craft which includes learning new ways to connect with and capture my subjects. I truly understand that, for many people (if not most), even the idea of having your picture taken can cause a good bit of discomfort and anxiety. That's why I place so much importance on putting my subjects at ease while also really listening to any concerns or wants they have for their session.

I draw upon my technical knowledge of photography, my ability to connect with people, and my creativity to produce beautifully memorable photos for my clients. I believe that my unique creative vision and many years of experience combined with the way I strive to give my clients the most enjoyable experience possible sets me apart from some of the other great photographers in Folly Beach.

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Now that you know a little about my background, let's take a look at some of
my most popular photography services in Folly Beach: My mission is to beautifully capture the joy and connection of each unique family while also creating a fun experience for my clients.

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The importance of family is hard to overstate. From children to grandparents to nieces and nephews, families and the family dynamic can grow and change before you know it, with many beautiful milestones taking place along the way.

I think that one of the best ways to remember some of these important moments of togetherness is with a fun family photo session.

I absolutely love photographing families and, while no two families are the same, I always strive to give each session my all in order to best connect with and capture the uniqueness of each family. Even though each session is somewhat different, I approach each one with the same goal: to capture the distinct personality, affection, and energy of each family in order to provide authentic, engaging pictures and a joyful experience.

Whether you have a toddler that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Folly Beach is an amazing city for family photography. There are so many locations in the Lowcountry that make for great family photography backdrops:

  • Beaches - Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, Kiawah, Seabrook, Isle of Palms, Hilton Head, Edisto Beach
  • Popular Places - Washington Square, Broad Street, Hampton Park, Waterfront Park, Shem Creek, The Cistern at College of Folly Beach
  • Historical Sites - Folly Beach Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

Whatever location you choose for family photography in Folly Beach, the Holy City is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy with friends and family.

As a family photographer in Folly Beach, one of the reasons why I love working with families so much (in addition to getting to meet some really awesome people) is the opportunity to combine my creativity with my ever-evolving technical skill. I also gladly accommodate the style preferences my clients are looking for - be it more traditional, posed images, or candid, playful pictures.

I use a clear yet relaxed style of direction to get you and your family engaged in our photography session, to help get authentic expressions that really show the unique dynamic and relationships of each family.

Here are just a few reasons why families choose Adam Chandler Photography for their family portraits:

Document Family Growth

Change, of course, is part of life and with each passing year families, too, change and often grow. Each stage is beautiful in its own way and having annual family photographs is a fun way to document the different seasons of family life. Be it a new baby, a birthday or anniversary or simply wanting to capture your kids at each special age, I'd be honored to be chosen to help tell the story of your family over the years.

Remember Milestones

With each year that passes, new milestones are reached. From a child's first steps to a sibling getting married, there is no better way to remember these wonderful occasions than with quality photographs. Whether you're welcoming a new puppy into your life, are celebrating an anniversary or finally have gathered your extended family together in one place, capturing these special times in your life is a great way to ensure you'll be able to enjoy and relive these moments years from now.

Create Memories

Many families tell me before their sessions that it's not often that they are all able to be together and they emphasize how special and important this session is. Or, perhaps, a mom or dad will talk about how fleetingly special a certain age of their child is and how they really want to capture their children's personalities. Even if you capture lots of great moments of your family throughout the year it's likely not very often that all of you are in the pictures at once (other than maybe having a stranger tell you to "say cheese" after you hand them your phone. Having a time that's dedicated to capturing the special bonds between family members - parents and their children, grandparents and their grandchildren, siblings and maybe extended family as well - is so important. We all know just how special these people and moments are and how we tend to treasure these memories more with each passing year.

Portraits And Headshots In Folly Beach, SC

A great headshot shows you at your best - whether you want to impress a prospective employer or need professional photography for your website. In today's digitally-intensive society, having a professional headshot or portrait of you or your team that stands out for all the right reasons is becoming a necessity. It's no surprise, then, that headshots and portraits are among the most popular genres of photography.

Headshots can be tricky, mostly because many (if not most) people don't like being in front of the camera (trust me, I totally get that). I know that for some clients, it can be hard to know what to do, what to wear or how to relax enough to let their authentic selves come through so that they can end up with a professional photo or headshot that inspires authenticity and confidence.

Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots of all types of people. No matter what your comfort level is with having your picture taken, I pride myself on being able to create the conditions necessary to help capture my clients as you want to be seen. Through lighting, posing and direct yet relaxed interaction I'll help guide you to great photos that you’ll be proud to showcase and share with others.

A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:

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Show Your Personality

Not all headshots should be approached the same way. Depending on your industry or how you'll be using the photos, there are certain things to consider. A great headshot reflects not just how you look but also how you show up in the world. It can help give people an idea of the kind of person you are before you sit down to meet them. Oftentimes, too, people may want a variety of "looks" to suit different needs and uses. My goal is to listen to your expectations and then deliver results that will serve you will in your professional and/or personal life.

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Show Your Professionalism

Clients, collaborators, investors, and employers are typically much more likely to interview you or to contact you or your business if you look professional. If you've taken the time to invest in your brand, in part by making the effort to arrange a professional headshot, people notice that. And who doesn't want to make a great first (or second or third) impression?

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Stand Out on Social Media

Many of my clients make appointments for headshots and portraits when they want to stand out from the crowd on social media. Whether you own a business and need to create new social media pages or you're looking to network with recruiters on LinkedIn or, perhaps, update your website, a professional headshot can definitely set you apart in the modern sea of selfies and snapshots that you often see out there.

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Show Off Your Current Look

None of us look the same as we did 10 or 15 years ago yet some of us keep the same photo up for decades. Having outdated headshots can send a message of inauthenticity. When you have up-to-date, professional headshots, you're showing clients and employers that you are confident, committed, and authentic.

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Qualities Of A Great Photographer In Folly Beach, SC

Being a great photographer means more than owning fancy equipment. While having expensive gear can be quite helpful, the real test of a professional, for me, has a lot more to do with being able to draw upon my deep understanding of the craft of photography so that I can focus more on connecting with and beautifully capturing my subjects without getting bogged down in figuring out the technical side of things. It's taken me many years to get where I am and I'm always striving to improve in order to continue to deliver the best pictures and most enjoyable experience possible for my clients.

Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because my experience shows and they trust me to always give them the results and experience that they're looking for. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:

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Imagination

I wholeheartedly consider photography to be an artform - one that requires lots of curiosity and imagination along with a good bit of technique. A great photographer knows how to get beautiful results no matter what the conditions or circumstances are and this only comes with experience and preparation.

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Passion

This quality might seem obvious but I can't tell you how many times I've seen photography that may be technically good but is missing something. My passion for photography largely comes from my passion for connecting with people in a way that helps them feel comfortable letting their guard down so they can enjoy the process. And this almost always leads to exceptional, authentic images.

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Patience

Patience can also be essential for great photos. As in life, there are many things that we just can't control. Sometimes the best photos come from patiently going with the flow and not trying to force something to happen. I find that when I'm patient yet prepared - ready to capture the right moment or expression when the time is right - that's often the best approach. As a professional with many years of experience, I understand the importance of having the patience to deal with whatever comes my way as well as the flexibility and preparedness to make the most out of any situation.

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People Skills

If ever there was a business where people skills were important I think portrait photography is definitely one of them. Knowing how uncomfortable many people can be when getting their pictures taken, I put every effort into helping ensure the best possible experience for my clients and communication is such a big part of that. I love interacting with my clients to build trust and rapport as well as a deep understanding of your expectations including any concerns you may have. As I've said, for me my job is not just about delivering beautiful images but also a wonderful client experience. That's why I focus so much on each and every interaction with my clients. Yes, people skills are a must in this business. Luckily for me, it's one of my favorite parts of the job!

Eye for Detail

As a professional photographer in Folly Beach, SC I am meticulous when it comes to details. Through my many years of photographing many different types of subjects under many different circumstances I've come to learn just how important details are. Whether it's finding or creating the best quality of light for my clients, eliciting a great expression or
adjusting the background or, perhaps, a piece of clothing, all of these things impact the overall look and feel of a photo. Whether I'm photographing a family, a business professional or a couple in love I always look for all the ways I can create the best image possible.

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"As I hope you can tell by looking at my work, I really love my job. And most of all I love the people I get to meet and work with. I'd be honored and delighted to be chosen for your photography needs."

Adam Chandler

Ready to Get Started?

One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about what they're looking for and how I can serve them. If you are in need of professional photography, let's talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you're looking for family or couples' photography in Folly Beach or want great new headshots for you or your team, I'm here to help every step of the way!  

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Nearshore placement project at Folly Beach proves to be successful, another in the works

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — The Army Corps of Engineers is working to replenish Folly Beach by using what is called a "nearshore placement" project.&...

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — The Army Corps of Engineers is working to replenish Folly Beach by using what is called a "nearshore placement" project.

"You would literally walk off the steps and the water would be underneath the steps. There's no beach at high tide at all, like down by the washout," says Folly Beach visitor Amy Heaton.

Beach replenishment projects are crucial in protecting beaches and buildings on Folly.

"This will help protect the infrastructure of the homes, the businesses behind the beach, as a protective structural measure," says Wes Wilson, project manager with the Army Corps of Engineers in Charleston.

One of the ways to replenish beaches is through a project that has worked before.

"The nearshore placement project is a really innovative approach that the Army Corps is taking to utilize sediment that is being dredged for navigation purposes and to keep the boating channels clear, and then take that sand and help to feed the beaches in a different way than traditional beach nourishment," says Nicole Elko, president of Elko Coastal Consulting.

The last nearshore placement project took place in 2021. The Army Corps of Engineers and City of Folly Beach dredged up 50,000 cubic yards of sand from the Folly River, took it to the northeast end of the beach and dumped it about 200 to 300 yards offshore.

It proved to be successful thanks to the tracer monitoring contract and some colorful markers.

"The contractor used orange and pink dye in some of their sand loads and disposed of it. They sampled it and determined where on the beach those particular deposits landed," says Wilson.

These placement projects come with a lot of benefits.

"It is known to be a lot more environmentally friendly, too. That's one of the things we look for. The three "E's" is engineering, economics and environmental. The economics- that's cheaper; environmentally more friendly; and the engineering is constructible," says Wilson.

Another project is already being designed due to the success of the first. It is projected to wrap up by late spring of 2023.

These projects are federally funded.

Children with autism ride the waves during annual Surfers Healing Folly Beach event

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) — The crashing waves off Folly's coastline is the perfect place to make that perfect connection."This is awesome man. Surfers Heal...

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) — The crashing waves off Folly's coastline is the perfect place to make that perfect connection.

"This is awesome man. Surfers Healing Folly Beach." The volunteers were definitely excited.

So, you can imagine how the families of Autistic children and the pros on the surfboards feel.

"They're healing me," says a surfer who goes by the name Sushi. Probably a good mix for the turf and surf environment.

The expression of joy on the faces of the kids who surfed with Sushi, and his own face after each ride, are tough to describe but amazing to see.

"Just being able to experience something that you think your kid on the spectrum will never experience."

That's Jessica Miler. She's a mom of two autistic kids taking part in the annual program. It's the family's third year.

Surfers Healing's Folly Beach event has been going on for more than a decade.

It gives children struggling with social abilities a chance to surf in a family-like atmosphere.

250 participants plus around another 250 volunteers, staff, family members and surfers from around the country- making it happen.

One of the organizers, Nancy Morris, tells us during her years working the event, "I've seen parents who've never seen their kids swim or do anything -- they don't have to be able to swim -- but never seen their kids come to the beach, because it's too hard to bring them. Get to experience a beach day for the first time."

It's emotional moments that the event brings out.

Morris says, "Like standing with parents and really having them, never gotten to see, I've had people just be like 'I didn't know he could do this.' And just tears streaming down their faces."

Morris hears the children's loved ones and strangers cheering them on.

Jessica Miler keeps discovering more moments that'll last for years as her kids, Brody and Izzy, are steadied on a surfboard while feeling the waves crash around them.

"To see my kid out there. It's just a locked memory."

Each of the kids not only got pictures taken and big hugs after surveying the surf- they also got special medals.

A new restaurant moving into the former Zia Taqueria in West Asheville, plus Biltmore Park

ASHEVILLE - The question of what will take over the former Zia Taqueria location in West Asheville has been answered.South Carolina-based restaurant management company has announced it will make its Asheville debut with two Taco Boy restaurant locations slated for the mountain city.“I couldn’t be more excited to bring Taco Boy to Asheville. Living in both cities has confirmed what I always believed as a visitor: that our values, as a family of neighborhood taquerias, align with the greater sense of pu...

ASHEVILLE - The question of what will take over the former Zia Taqueria location in West Asheville has been answered.

South Carolina-based restaurant management company has announced it will make its Asheville debut with two Taco Boy restaurant locations slated for the mountain city.

“I couldn’t be more excited to bring Taco Boy to Asheville. Living in both cities has confirmed what I always believed as a visitor: that our values, as a family of neighborhood taquerias, align with the greater sense of purpose I feel within the community in Western North Carolina,” founder Karalee Nielsen Fallert said in a news release. She is also the founder and CEO of All Good Industries restaurant management group. “We believe that all good things are possible with the power of inclusivity, generosity, interconnectedness and tacos ... and always EXTRA guac!”

Taco Boy, a Mexican cuisine-inspired eatery, will open at 521 Haywood Road, tentatively by the end of 2022. It is the address of Zia Tacqueria, which closed in May.

Hiring for Taco Boy will begin in November.

The venue will be remodeled before opening day and the décor will be accented by work from local artisans. It will be designed to encourage community collaboration through food, drink, music, entertainment and art.

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By spring 2023, a second location is scheduled to open in Biltmore Park Town Square, 2 Town Square Blvd., #130. Hiring is expected to begin in late January.

In 2006, the first Taco Boy was opened in Folly Beach and now operates with a location in downtown Charleston and Summerville, South Carolina.

Taco Boy touts its fresh, scratch-made Mexican-inspired dishes and drinks. The menu features tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, rice and beans, chipotle slaw, Mexican street corn, guacamole and more.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available.

“All tortillas will be made in-house using heirloom corn and a traditional nixtamalization process,” according to the news release.

The beverage menu features margaritas and Latin-infused craft cocktails.

The restaurant will offer brunch services, too.

The Asheville team will be headed by culinary director Francisco Alvarez. The chef offers his training and experience gained at Las Vegas restaurants and through his Mexican family and heritage.

Maty Hollingsworth will be the beverage director, described as a long-time Ashevillian and restaurant industry veteran who’s managed beverage programs at many local restaurants including Jargon and Limones.

View Taco Boy’s menu at tacoboy.net.

Tiana Kennell is the food and dining reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email her at tkennell@citizentimes.com or follow her on Twitter/Instagram @PrincessOfPage. Please help support this type of journalism with a subscription to the Citizen Times.

Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, And Folly Beach: Get To Know Charleston's Beaches

Charleston, South Carolina, has been topping 'the best of lists for years. The historic city has always had a ton to offer, attracting tourists for its southern charm, world-class culinary offerings, antebellum architecture, and lively arts and entertainment scene. Further adding to Charleston's appeal are its beaches.Sitting just a few miles from downtown Charleston is a series of easily accessible small barrier is...

Charleston, South Carolina, has been topping 'the best of lists for years. The historic city has always had a ton to offer, attracting tourists for its southern charm, world-class culinary offerings, antebellum architecture, and lively arts and entertainment scene. Further adding to Charleston's appeal are its beaches.

Sitting just a few miles from downtown Charleston is a series of easily accessible small barrier islands where visitors can enjoy an afternoon at the beach or vice versa. With such close proximity to the city, visitors can choose to base themselves on the beach instead. Each one of the Charleston beaches has its own distinctive vibe and attributes. Here is an overview to help find the perfect fit!

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Isle Of Palms

This popular Charleston beach manages to maintain a balance between upscale and classy, as well as hip yet family-friendly. The island is self-catering with ample accommodation options, an extensive retail district, a diverse range of restaurants, and a full-service grocery store. The beach has lifeguards on duty, and there are dressing rooms, restrooms, and snack bar facilities centrally located at the oceanfront County Park.

There are roughly six miles of beach with over 50 access points, so hitting the sand on Isle of Palms is super convenient. The island's two golf courses, The Links Course and Harbor Course were both designed by a world-renowned golf architect. Visiting the Windjammer is a must. A long-time staple of the island (more than 50 years in business), the Windjammer is an oceanfront sandbar that hosts frequent concerts, beach volleyball tournaments, and more. Oh, and dogs are welcome at the Windjammer too!

Sullivan's Island

This quaint 3.3 square mile island can be summed up by three S's: serenity, slow pace, and simple pleasures. The town has actively worked to preserve its quiet character, and as such, short-term rentals of less than 30 days are prohibited. Nestled between Charleston Harbor and Isle of Palms, it remains close and convenient to explore for the day while staying elsewhere.

One of the oldest-standing forts on the East Coast is located on Sullivan's Island. Fort Moultrie was first constructed as a Revolutionary War defense in the 1700s but was once again put to use during the Civil War. Fort Moultrie is open to the public and remains a top tourist attraction. Fabled author Edgar Allen Poe was stationed at Fort Moultrie during his stint in the army, and Sullivan's Island served as the setting for some of his literary works. Nowadays, the quirky and eclectic Poe's Tavern pays homage to its namesake and is one of the most beloved local eateries.

Sullivan's Island is the perfect spot for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle and simply have a relaxing day at the beach. The wide, flat beach is great for strolling along the shore or riding bikes at low tide, and the prevailing winds are excellent for kiteboarding. Ocean enthusiasts can also fish, kayak, and paddleboard, and land-lovers can enjoy the island's several parks and recreation areas too. The restaurants along Middle Street offer wonderful food and alfresco dining in a fun atmosphere, often with live entertainment.

Folly Beach

Affectionately referred to as the 'edge of America', Folly Beach is a funky beach community that has retained much of its charm and unique character. A long-time haven for surfers, College of Charleston students, artists, and salty seafarers, Folly Beach has somewhat of a cult following amongst vacationers too. Folly-devotees return to their beloved beach year after year and rarely venture elsewhere. The island has a relaxed, working-class vibe, and long-time locals foster a palpable sense of community.

Swing by Bert's Market and fill up the cooler before hitting the beach. Bert's is a local institution that adheres to its 'we may doze but we never close' slogan; they are open around the clock and are much more than just a market. Folly Beach is regarded as one of the top surfing destinations in the southeast, and there are two full-service surf shops on Folly. Experienced surfers can head to The Washout section of the beach, or novices can take a surf lesson with one of the several surf schools on the island. Kayaks or stand-up paddleboards are an excellent way to explore Folly's extensive network of marshes and inlets.

The main shopping and dining hub of Folly Beach is Center Street, and it is well worth a stroll. The eclectic shops have lots of local and handcrafted items rather than just tacky souvenirs. Center Street and the surrounding blocks are also packed with dozens of eating and drinking locales for every taste and budget, as well as bars and nightlife. Come as you are - the ambiance everywhere is unpretentious, and flip-flops are always welcome.

Bonus Beach: Kiawah Island

Although Kiawah is a huge vacation destination, it wasn't initially included as one of the main Charleston-area beaches simply because many areas of the island and its beaches are private. Kiawah is gated, and visitors can only access certain restricted areas with a guest or owner's pass; not everything is accessible to the public. Nonetheless, Kiawah is worth a mention as it is a popular vacation spot and has its own unique draw.

As one may expect, Kiawah is a luxury vacation destination. The resort accommodations, vacation home rentals, and amenities are world-class, as are Kiawah's dining options. The island's five golf courses are also top-notch, frequently hosting PGA Tour and other top-level events. Kiawah was also named the #1 tennis resort in the world!

Life Is Better At The Beach

While the Charleston area is surrounded by dozens of barrier islands, these beaches are the main hot spots to stay and play. The beaches make a great addition to any Charleston vacation itinerary, but they each have plenty to offer as a stand-alone destination too. Visitors can settle down, relax, and enjoy the slower pace of island time!

These are the best beaches near military towns

MIGHTY CULTURE Sun! Fun! Sand and beach. If you’re fortunate enough to live at an installation that’s near a beach – or if you’re willing to brave the gas prices and set out on a great American road trip for Labor Day weekend, why not check out this list of the best beaches near military towns?Hello, Florida! Topping our list are two installations in Florida. Because, let’s face it ...

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Sun! Fun! Sand and beach. If you’re fortunate enough to live at an installation that’s near a beach – or if you’re willing to brave the gas prices and set out on a great American road trip for Labor Day weekend, why not check out this list of the best beaches near military towns?

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Topping our list are two installations in Florida. Because, let’s face it – if you’re assigned to Florida, you’re going to need to find a little R&R.

First up is Naval Air Station Key West. If you’re a lucky Sailor, you’ll get stationed at Naval Air Station Key West. The Florida Keys are widely known for being a tropical paradise, complete with white sand beaches and a turquoise sea. Year-round beach weather sure doesn’t hurt either. NAS Key West will have you hoping you are never transferred anywhere else. Year-round tropical weather, soft white sand beaches, and stunning turquoise seas make this joint installation among the most coveted in the country.

Just like Key West, Naval Air Station Pensacola is almost a dream come true. NAS Pensacola sits in Pensacola, Florida, on the Sunshine State’s beautiful panhandle. The base has a private beach to enjoy, though there is plenty more where that came from if you venture around the area. An extra perk of getting stationed here is its relatively low cost of living, despite the prime location. For any beach-lover out there, this installation is the perfect place to land. That’s because this installation boasts it’s own private beach! And, you’ll be looking right out into the Gulf of Mexico. Not too bad compared with some of the other places the DoD can send you.

South Carolina, here we come

The beaches of South Carolina are stunning, so getting stationed at Joint Base Charleston is right up a beach lover’s alley. The immediate area is home to six beaches, like Folly Beach and Isle of Palms Beach. Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head are not very far either. All in all, the variety of gorgeous coastline will keep you busy in your off-hours.

Virginia is for Lovers

Naval Air Station Norfolk is in Norfolk, Virginia, right on the Atlantic coast. Ocean View Beach is nearby, just off base. If you venture a little further, you will arrive at Virginia Beach, a quaint and lively town with a sprawling beach right in the middle of it. All in all, NAS Norfolk should be on any beach lover’s “dream list.” Besides its stunning beaches, NAS Norfolk is the largest Naval base in the world. That means there’s plenty to see, do, and learn. You can get an up-close look at everything from aircraft to assault shifts, destroyers, and even frigates!

Sunny San Diego

There is no shortage of beaches in San Diego and no shortage of military installations either. Did you know that San Diego is long considered the city with the best weather in the US? So when the DoD sends you off to the west coast, it really might just be a dream come true! While any military assignment in San Diego is a lucky draw, Naval Base Coronado has extra appeal. Beaches line Coronado Island, so you won’t have to drive across town to lie in the sand, soak up the sun, and swim in either the San Diego Bay or the Pacific Ocean. While on base, you can easily fill your time with all kinds of great water sports. Be sure to try your hand at surfing and parasailing – they’re harder than they look!

Hawaii, AKA paradise

Hawaii has some of the best beaches in the world, so count your blessings if you find yourself stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. (Or even if you get assigned to Schofield Barracks!) On the tropical island of Oahu, take your pick of beach styles. Some have giant surfing waves, while others are calmer for taking a peaceful dip. The Marine base even has four of its own private beaches if you’re not in the mood to venture out. No matter where you look, the beaches and surfing are to die for. Be sure to check out the amazing hiking opportunities everywhere. And, the weather there are gorgeous volcano hikes all around, and the warm and sunny weather makes it perfect to spend your free days exploring no matter the time of year. As if all that weren’t enough, being in Honolulu means you get the cultural benefits of a city while still being surrounded by some of the most spectacular nature on the planet.

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